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Homework Help: Curve ball question

  1. Sep 12, 2009 #1
    This is an actual question on a test that I took yesterday and I want to know the answer.

    "Two balls are thrown at the same time. The first ball is dropped. The second ball is thrown slightly on a curve. Which will touch the ground first?"

    A. The first ball.
    B. The second ball.
    C. They will touch the ground at the same time.

    Note: That's all the information that I was given.

    I chose C. ...just because I really couldn't decide based on the information given in the question.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2009
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  3. Sep 12, 2009 #2


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    "Slightly on a curve" leaves room for interpretation. If it means that the second ball has a small horizontal component of initial velocity but no vertical component, then you are correct. In my opinion this is a poorly phrased question, slightly.
  4. Sep 12, 2009 #3
    Can you post the question verbatum--as it was written?
  5. Sep 12, 2009 #4
    That is the exact phrasing of the question. All of the questions were phrased like this.
  6. Sep 12, 2009 #5
    It's a nonsensical question. Whoever composed the question missed some education in both the subject and English language.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2009
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